To summarise, various 'stakeholders' wanted the ANU to divest from all fossil fuels. Professor Young wanted a more nuanced approach, so he hired a consultant, and came up with something that looks like what Stanford University does (so it must be kosher).
What passes for left-wing today strikes me as antithetical to the rebellious optimistic outlook we had back then.
But the tragic truth is that in addition to counter-terrorism raids and airstrikes lasting days and weeks, we must prepare for a centuries-long ideological struggle with an enemy who is opposed to fundamental human rights.
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The Big Issue, a periodical which is sold outside shopping malls by disabled people, who sell the magazine for $6 and retain $3 for themselves.
Democracy guarantees us all the right to participate to the best of our ability. If our ability is making money, then it would be anti-democratic to stop us from contributing that.
Question Time needs an overhaul if it is to genuinely meet the non-negotiable standards of accountability, integrity, and transparency sorely missing from Australia's current system of government.
The getting and begetting of wisdom - so revered in the past as a practical and spiritual necessity for both individuals and societies - seems to be sadly out of fashion in our present age.
The only possible conclusion I can come to on compulsory voting at Local Council level is that is wholly inappropriate; all it achieves is to entrench the powers of the major parties.
There is no current alternative party of the centre, a role once filled by the Australia Party (remember Gordon Barton?) and the Democrats. If one existed I would expect it to do quite well.
Why are we here? Is it just to devour each other?
The claim that one compassionate good is achieved (stopping drownings) should not come at the cost other unjustified practices.
Neoliberalism in effect undermined the class positions of both major political parties, and both have spent the subsequent years trying to find a new role.